What Are the Requirements for Medical School?


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In general, the requirements for admission into medical school are one year each of biology, physics and English. Applicants also need to have two years of chemistry, including organic chemistry. Applicants must also pass the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT.

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Specific requirements vary by school. The Association of American Medical Colleges also recommends that prospective students do some volunteer work in the medical field to help round out their work experience and development.

Applicants that wish to attend Harvard Medical School must also complete a year in calculus and statistics, with a preference for biostatistics. This means that the student may take one semester of calculus and one semester of statistics. Harvard Medical School also has a preference for students who are fluent in a foreign language. Finally, they require the student to have 16 credit hours in the arts, language, social sciences, humanities and literature.

For entry into the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the applicant must take biochemistry as one of the chemistry courses. They must also have 24 credit hours of courses in the humanities, social sciences and behavioral sciences. Students must also have one year of calculus or statistics. In addition to academic requirements, Johns Hopkins requires two letters of recommendation from the student's current school's science faculty members and one from a non-science faculty member.

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